Friday, January 20, 2006

I've been MIA!

I can't believe it's been a whole week since I've checked in with you all. First, let me apologize. My little sister is getting married in 2 1/2 weeks, and she is unable to plan a single thing to save her life. Needless to say, I've been doing a great deal of the detail-sorting-out and crisis-intervention these past few weeks. It's been one crisis after another for the poor thing (wedding officiant cancelled, our bridesmaids' dresses weren't in, etc etc..) so I had to rush to her side for some much needed hand-holding, back-rubbing and words of assurance (and terse phone conversations w/ those causing my dear baby sister such stress and agony). It was exhausting, and I'm so glad I'm back!

I received a nice little note from a fellow CLBBer wondering what my Thursday Night-Veggie Night dish would be this week (hi Mari!). I decided on a yummy veggie-laden pizza: pesto, roasted red peppers, red onions, garlic, and a barely-there sprinkling of mozzarella. It was soooo yummy, albeit a bit odd-shaped (still can't figure out how to make a round crust..) I wish I had a picture to show you, but our digital camera seems to have run out of batteries :(

I posted a plea for bean recipes on the Cooking Light BB the other day, in an attempt to put a dent in the plethora of dried beans in my pantry (we're talking black, pinto, white, garbanzo, and split peas - lots of beans). I received some great suggestions, including a recipe from the epicurious website: Pasta with Garbanzo Beans. It sounded so hearty and yummy, I just have to try it. So that's what I have planned for tonight. Tune in tomorrow to see how it turned out!

And finally, I've been tagged by kayaksoup for my first MEME. How exciting! Without further ado, here are my responses:

Seven Culinary Things to do Before I Die:
1. Go on a Napa Valley wine tour
2. Eat in Italy
3. Travel to Germany and eat the food of my heritage
4. Grow my own herbs and vegetables
5. Cater a large event
6. Go to Culinary School
7. Write a cookbook

Seven Things I Can't do in the Kitchen:
1. Open jars
2. Cook a pork chop that isn't dry and tough
3. Chop onions without crying
4. Walk by my KA stand mixer (Betty) without smiling
5. Cook and not have leftovers
6. Clean as I go (not possible, especially when we have guests)
7. Cook without listening to music

Seven Things that Attract me to Food Blogging:
1. It legitimizes my obsession
2. Food porn
3. New recipes
4. Inspiration
5. It challenges me
6. Community feel
7. Food porn :)

Seven Things I Say Most Often While Cooking:
1. Can you open this?
2. You've had ___ before. You like it!
3. Ouch!
4. Don't touch that!
5. Dinner's going to be a little later than I said...
6. Do do dooo (apparantly I say this without knowing it..)
7. I think we should have wine with dinner.

Seven Cookbooks I Love:
1. A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen
2. Everyday Italian
3. Small-Batch Baking
4. The Weekend Baker
5. Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
6. From Asparagus to Zucchini
7. Cooking Light mags/CLBB

Seven Cooking Shows I can Watch Over & Over Again:
1. Everyday Italian
2. 30-Minute Meals
3. Good Deal with Dave Lieberman
4. Barefoot Contessa
5. Two Fat Ladies
6.
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Seven Food Bloggers I Want to Join In:
1. Busy Nights Real Food
2. Chef Michele
3. Sweetnicks
4. Lick the Spoon
5. Savory Notebook
6. Sarah Discovers How to Eat
7. Gluten-Free Girl

2 Comments:

Blogger Michele said...

Thanks for tagging me, I'll post replies tomorrow :)

2:29 PM  
Blogger Alysha said...

Thanks for the tag. I'll post mine soon....

7:00 PM  

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